Het leven van de 28-jarige Petra staat op zijn kop wanneer ze een brief en foto heeft ontvangen van haar biologische moeder uit Korea. Ze is vastbesloten om haar te ontmoeten en begint ambitieus met het leren van de Koreaanse taal. Net als haar worsteling met de vreemde tekens haar beginnen te duizelen, is het de 8-jarige einzelgänger Kwan Mok, die net van Korea naar Nederland is verhuist, die haar een belangrijke levensles leert.
Daan Vree (44, Korean)
Director Hangul Blues
Favourite Asian film: The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-Liang, 2005), Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988), Air Doll (Kore-eda Hirokazu, 2009), Bin-Jip (Kim Ki-Duk, 2004)
Favourite Asian Dish: Korean bibimbap
Daan writes, produces, films and directs for film and video since 2009. He followed his scriptwriting eduction at the Mediafonds (Kind en Kleur) and did some film courses at Open Studio and Bromet Film School. He made his first short in 2012 for CinemAsia FilmLAB. From 2014 to 2017, Daan worked as FilmLAB-producer for 12 shorts.
“The story is partly based on my own struggles in trying to learn Korean to be able to communicate with my Korean family. I hope that this story reaches the hearts of many. The 200.000 adopted children from South Korea as well as adopted children from other countries and their parents. Furthermore, this story is recognizable for anyone who’s trying so hard to build a life for themselves, but struggles with language on a daily basis.“
DJ Yoon (28, Korean)
Cinematographer Hangul Blues
Favourite Asian film: Sympathy of Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-wook, 2005)
Favourite Asian Dish: Dolsot Bibimbap
DJ’s previous project “The Patch Project (by Daisy Watsen) is currently in post production.
“I also have been through a language barrier. I have lived in Seoul, South Korea for 2 years and I couldn’t even make friends during my long stay, due to this language barrier. I take Daan’s script by heart, because I have been there. Even though language is a less of a problem, I still had to deal with cultural differences as I grew up in the western customs.”
Jung Sun den Hollander (35, Korean)
Scenarist “Hangul Blues”
Favourite Asian film: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000), Nobody knows (Hirokazu Kore-Eda, 2004), A brand new life (Ounie Lecomte, 2009), Three times (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2005), In the mood for love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)
Favourite Asian Dish: Waking up with Japanese breakfast, Nasi Campur on the beach, Bibimbap with stress
For about a decade, Jung has been working as an actress in front of the camera as well as on stage. Complementing her fascination for human stories, she started writing. This year she produced the music video “We’re no strangers” to encourage to speak up when being assaulted. She also made the short “Uprooted” about the reaction of being adopted. In 2016, she created “Full Focus”, a 30 minutes portrait of a Dutch fighter. Her first production (2015) was ” Dokei (Longing)” which told the story of Taki Kusumoto who longed for Dr. Philip Von Siebold when he was banned from Japan in 1829.
“The Korean language is close to my heart. Like the main character in this short, I am adopted from Korea and I understand the relation to this language. It’s for the first time that I’m writing a script related to adoption for another director, which is an interesting process for me.